Youth empowerment and social justice camps

Find the top youth empowerment and social justice summer camps and programs

Looking for a youth empowerment camp? These camps, also called “social justice camps,” can be found across Canada and the United States. They can be a great option for teens and preteens looking for a challenge and who want to expand their horizons. Below, we list youth empowerment and social justice camps in Canada and the United States. Click on a camp’s profile to learn more about it, including its location, cost, programming, and session dates. You can also click through to a camp’s website and register your child for a summer session today. Read more


List of youth empowerment and social justice camps and programs

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Camps and programs directly below focus on helping kids and teens develop their passion for leadership and social action.

YMCA of Greater Vancouver  

Vancouver; Gibsons

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight, family

There’s something about camp that brings out the best in us. Whether it’s sailing, hiking or uncovering leadership potential, YMCA's spring and summer camps provide children ages 5-17 with a memorable experience.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $139/session
Day, Overnight, family Coed1395-170Vancouver, British Columbia, Gibsons, British Columbia

Me to We Take Action Camp  

Bethany; Corktown, Toronto

  • Education: Social Justice/Empowerment
  • Overnight

Take Action Camp are where kids who care, thrive. Young people will discover their potential through interactive team-building, specialized workshops, and volunteer experience, in a fun and inclusive environment!

  • Ages 9 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $1,100/week
Overnight Coed11009-181Bethany, Ontario, Corktown, Toronto, Ontario
  • Science (multi)
  • Day, Program, family

Get a unique science and tech education in this program by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, including LEGO Robotics, Makerspace, Coding, Minecraft. Girls only sessions, Family Camps, Educator sessions.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed, Girls
  • from $300/week
Day, Program, family Coed, Girls3005-172Oshawa, Ontario

Camps and programs offer activities related to leadership and social activism among a variety of other camp activities.
  • Academic/Tutoring: Instructor lead (group)
  • Program

With more than 30 years of success, Brain Power is an innovative leader in enrichment education for bright and gifted students. Brain Power is a transformative model for what gifted education should be about in the GTA.

  • Ages 6 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $362/program
Program Coed3626-180Vaughan, Ontario

Camp Can-Aqua  

Haliburton Highlands; Oakville; Ottawa

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

A traditional camp with diverse programming & exceptional instruction, we believe in teaching kids compromise, patients & empathy. Fun is a given. Through thoughtful & individualized programming, our campers thrive here.

  • Ages 5 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,950/2 weeks
Overnight, family Coed19505-171Haliburton Highlands, Ontario, Oakville, Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario

Focus Learning Academic Centre  

York Mills, Toronto; Don Mills, Toronto; Markham

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Program

An enrichment academic learning centre committed to igniting the love of learning among children and teens. A variety of subjects are on offer with both our FocusKids and FocusLeaders summer camps.

  • Ages 6 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $304/week
Day, Program Coed3046-152York Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Don Mills, Toronto, Ontario, Markham, Ontario
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

Lakefield Camp is a traditional Canadian overnight summer camp that offers various outdoor & indoor land/water sports & activities, from sailing to theater arts, a complete ropes course, language classes & so much more!

  • Ages 9 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $1,400/week
Overnight Coed14009-173Lakefield, Ontario

Outward Bound Canada  

Kananaskis; Vancouver Island; Throughout Canada; Grand Manan; Algonquin Park

  • Adventure: Wilderness Out-tripping
  • Day, Overnight, family

Est 1969. Inspiring, challenging journeys of self-discovery in the outdoors. Join an authentic, transformational adventure to see Canada at its finest, reach beyond your own boundaries, and tap in to your true potential.

  • Ages 12 to 99
  • Coed, Girls, Boys
  • from $779/week
Day, Overnight, family Coed, Girls, Boys77912-994Kananaskis, Alberta, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Throughout Canada, Ontario, Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Algonquin Park, Ontario
  • Art (multi)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

SummerArts combines the best of camp with the best of the arts, with great food, a full rec schedule, campfire, and of course a core of incredible arts programming, all on a beautiful campus overlooking the Bay of Fundy.

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $290/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Coed2905-185Canning, Nova Scotia

Radiant Girls  

Burlington; Hamilton; Milton

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight, Program, family

A unique Girls Wellness Camp in a retreat setting. Featuring Yoga and Pilates, Outdoor Excursions, Hands-On Cooking, Coaching for Confidence & Emotional Intelligence, Meaningful Expressive Art, Fun & lots of giggling.

  • Ages 7 to 15
  • Girls
  • from $300/week
Day, Overnight, Program, family Girls3007-156Burlington, Ontario, Hamilton, Ontario, Milton, Ontario

Laurus Summer Camp  

Westmount; Laval; Beaconsfield

  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day

Montreal & Laval's #1 lifestyle summer day camp that blends fun, education and specialty training in arts, academics and sports! Weekly program for kids ages 3 to 15! Registration is Open for 2019!

  • Ages 3 to 15
  • Coed
  • from $150/week
Day Coed1503-157Westmount, Québec, Laval, , Beaconsfield,

Oneida Baptist Camp  


  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight, family

Located on Lake Erie's shoreline near Port Dover, offering half/full-week overnight Christian camping for all kids ranging from 4-18 years, plus family camp (ages 0-99) and leadership training for 14-15 year olds.

  • Ages 4 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $300/week
Overnight, family Coed3004-188Haldimand, Ontario
  • Education: Language Studies
  • Day, Overnight

English students learning French mix with French students learning English in this innovative program in the French Alps. Sports and other activities are an important part of the experience, along with language lessons.

  • Ages 6 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $2,400/week
Day, Overnight Coed24006-179International,

Appleby College Summer Programs  

Oakville; International

  • Education (multi)
  • Day, Overnight

A huge variety of programming options for campers and students ages 4-17. We offer 50+ Camp programs, academic day and boarding programs and travel credit courses!

  • Ages 4 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $328/week
Day, Overnight Coed3284-1710Oakville, Ontario, International,

Swallowdale Camp  


  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Overnight

An overnight camp in Rosseau offering adventure and a variety of land and water activities. Our beautiful lakefront camp is the ideal place for children to spend their summer making new friend and learning new skills!

  • Ages 7 to 16
  • Coed
  • from $1,200/week
Overnight Coed12007-1611Rosseau, Ontario


Leaside, Toronto

  • Education: Financial Literacy
  • Day, Program, family

Where Kids learn about Money & the World. Experience different cultures, learn about Money Management, Open your own business and immerse in fun activities, sports and music .

  • Ages 7 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $300/week
Day, Program, family Coed3007-1712Leaside, Toronto, Ontario

The Hoop Factory  

Ajax; Markham; North Toronto, Toronto

  • Sport: Basketball
  • Day

Camp/program teaching the fundamentals in basketball, balance, footwork to players at all levels. A fun, high energy camp for boys/girls of all ages. Christmas Holiday-March Break-Summer Break #BuildingBetterBallers

  • Ages 5 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day Coed2005-1813Ajax, Ontario, Markham, Ontario, North Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • Traditional (multi activity)
  • Day, Overnight

Located on beautiful Vancouver Island, Brentwood College School offers focused camps for Soccer, Academics, Rowing, Rock Band, Debate, and Musical Theatre for kids aged 7 to 17.

  • Ages 8 to 17
  • Coed
  • from $200/week
Day, Overnight Coed2008-1714Mill Bay, British Columbia

UTS: Experience Innovation  

Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto; South Annex, Toronto

  • Education (multi)
  • Day

A day camp for high-achieving and eager student aged 9 to 18. The UTS affiliation with UofT means that campers are taught by exceptional teachers, teacher candidates, field experts and university instructors.

  • Ages 11 to 18
  • Coed
  • from $500/session
Day Coed50011-1815Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto, Ontario, South Annex, Toronto, Ontario

What is a youth empowerment camp?

Youth empowerment camps are intended primarily for teens and “tweens,” ranging in age from 8 to 18. They offer training, workshops, and exercises in social justice and leadership.

These camps offer programs on a wide range of local and global issues. These may include

  • Poverty
  • The environment
  • Racism
  • Bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Sexuality
  • Culture
  • Religion

Of course, youth empowerment camps aren’t just about social activism and education. They can also be great fun! Most also have many of the same exciting activities you’ll find at other traditional camps. This includes campfires, swimming, dancing, music, games, arts and crafts, sports, and more.

Many of these are residential (or overnight) camps, with programs of various lengths, including one week, two weeks, one month, and two months. Some day camps, though, also offer youth empowerment and social justice programs.

Why should my child go to a youth empowerment camp?

Youth empowerment and social justice camps are a nice fit for those who care about the world and want to make a difference. If your child is interested in social issues, wants to connect with a like-minded community, and is interested in new experiences, one of these camps may be a perfect fit.

These camps teach kids important skills and values. This can help your child to thrive in the teen years and grow into a confident, responsible, and passionate adult. Skills learned vary between camps, but may include


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